Welcome to the award winning Vet Buzz, DogTrekker.com’s pet health blog with the latest in veterinary medicine, valuable tips and seasonal guidelines to keep your dog safe and healthy at home and on the road. Whether it is caring for an elderly dog, holistic approaches to health care, toxic algae blooms or tick and rattlesnake warnings, our Vet Buzz contributors have you covered.

It’s winter: Dogs and mushrooms alert

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DogTrekker.com recommends that if your dog eats any type of wild mushroom, you need to seek immediate veterinary care, even if your dog is not showing symptoms. Also, the ASPCA rec  Read more.

Rehabbing your dog after surgery

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None of us want to hear that our beloved dog needs surgery. It's scary to think of all the factors involved before, during and after the operation.  Read more.

Four ways to a happier deaf dog

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There is a funny trait of many owners of deaf dogs. They tell me, as I talk kindly to their deaf dog, “My dog can't hear you,” and then they look really irritated when I contin  Read more.

Benefits of Being a Dog Parent

By Chris Pitts, RVT, of Broadway Animal Hospital. A dog in your life can mean a healthier and happier life for you. There is the obvious benefit of an increase in exercise because  Read more.

Halloween Safety Tips

By Gary Richter, M.S., D.V.M., C.V.C., C.V.A., Holistic Veterinary Care, Oakland, CA Halloween is right around the corner, and so are potential dangers that could affect your  Read more.

Tips for traveling with a puppy

Traveling with a puppy takes planning to keep your pup safe and content. Photo by Berkay Gumustekin.
By Chris Pitts, RVT, of Broadway Animal Hospital. Traveling with a puppy means being prepared. Prepared to get your puppy out to eliminate often. Prepared with vaccines. And prepa  Read more.

Disaster Preparedness for Pets

By Dr. Angela Gaeto, DVM, of the Helen Woodward Animal Center community in San Diego County. September is National Preparedness month, which reminds us that we need to think about  Read more.

The Importance of Play for Your Dog

By Chris Pitts, RVT, of Broadway Animal Hospital. Dogs need to play. Play is a great way for your dog to let off steam and offers him learning opportunities, as well. Play will st  Read more.

Raw Food Diet: Good or Bad?

By Dr. Shannon Leggieri, DVM, MS of Claremont Veterinary Hospital, Oakland. To cook or not to cook? That is the age old question. The argument over the potential benefit  Read more.

Water Safety Guidelines

By Dr. Angela Gaeto, DVM, of the Helen Woodward Animal Center community in San Diego County. When the whole family is out enjoying water activities, be sure to consider the safety  Read more.

Xylitol Poisoning

By Gary Richter, MS, DVM, CVA, CVC, GDVWHM, Holistic Veterinary Care, Oakland, CA Xylitol is a commonly used artificial sweetener found in a wide range of products for people  Read more.

Cannabis for Pets

By Gary Richter, MS, DVM, Holistic Veterinary Care, Oakland, CA As more and more people discover the benefits of medical cannabis for themselves, many pet owners are wondering if   Read more.

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